15 January 2017

Bohemian Home Decor Goals

2 years ago I wrote this post about my dream home looking like a bohemian gypsy palace. I haven't done much for achieving this, partially because living in a dorm lowers your expectations when it comes to interior design: existing furniture cannot be moved, there's little space and any other long term interior changes are too much of a hassle.
Yet we've been living in our dorm for 2,5 years, and with time some bohemian elements did appear - more tapestries, more posters and some indian patterned sheets (thank you Primark!).

Then I had this idea the other day - fake ivy on the wall! It will surely freshen up the space, and add something exotic and bohemian-like atmosphere for sure. I ordered 3 fake ivy strands online and used tape to stick them on.

It looks beautiful in the bedroom, which is already very close to "home goals" status:


I found this dope ass mandala tapestry at Camden. I have been eyeing this one for ages on Ebay, but it was actually 10 euros cheaper in Camden! Of all places! This is my favorite part of the apartment so far. I just love this tapestry, it calms you down and sucks you in. We usually sit on the bed in the evening watching series on a laptop, and with the string lights on, the room turns into magic!
I took the picture during the day though, since I have very poor lighting...


Some details of the ivy. It's amazing quality, very light and is easily arranged. It survived shipping with difficulty though, as the leaves are so fragile some of them came off of the strand. I had to gently tape the ones that fell off with tape, but generally I am very pleased with the quality.

Fake flowers are usually saved for old ladies' apartments, yet this ivy looks great. The picture really doesn't do it justice though...

The 3rd strand went up the bathroom wall:


My biggest bathroom decor vision is to make it graveyard themed, with a bunch of little angel statues and white candles everywhere. However candles are great if you have a bath, and we have a shower. The ivy works great with the wall either way, nothing like a jungle/forest themed bathroom (maybe one day?).


I realize this is not the epitome of home decor and not the best pictures, but this is what I can do with our dorm apartment for now. I dream of second hand furniture, exotic pillows and rugs, candle holders everywhere and a huge book library. And colors - lots of crazy colors.

Yet the ivy has made me so happy. It makes the bed and bathroom look instantly more interesting. Have you ever seen ivy on someone's walls? I don' think so.

I have started a Pinterest Board for some inspiration. My next goal will be to bring lots of pillows to the bed, and to make a proper sitting space in the living room (see previous home decor post), which will probably still be on the floor.
Slowly but surely I will achieve the perfect bohemian goth space!


What kind of decoration do you like? Got some bohemian decor ideas or advices?


Maria

13 comments:

  1. While I don't decorate my room, because I literally don't give a single fuck about my surroundings (it hasn't changed a bit since 1991), I'd love to live in a bohemian-orientalistic paradise one day. I feel much better with colours around than in a typical gothy goth surrounding, and bunch of pillows in random pillowcases thrown on bed and floor is a quick way to make the room both more cosy and exotic :D

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    1. I wouldn't like my apartment goth. I wear black, I don't want it surrounding me. Also a good way to appreciate colors hehe

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  2. the ivy is perfect! and you don't have to water it! Also that's a nice dorm you have. Ours had a communal shower that 30 people used!

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    1. Thanks, yes that was also an idea, I am terrible at keeping plants alive.
      We were lucky enough to get a 2 room apartment with our own shower. We have a shared kitchen on for the entire floor, which is also nice. I dread the day we'll have to move!

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  3. I love ivy as decor. I used to have ivy over string lights all around the perimeter of my room at the top of the walls; sort of a glowing, leafy crown molding.

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    1. Sounds lovely! I would love to get purple string lights and put them everywhere *-*

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  4. The ivy and the bats and the gypsy vibes are lovely! And I think your way of hanging jewelry and belts on the wall is very inventive, they become home decor when you yourselves are not wearing them! :)

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    1. Thanks! I would love to make the famous "branch" for jewellry hanging, but I would have to take the belts off, which is one of my favorite things in our flat. It's very convenient too!

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  5. The ivy looks so great! It adds so much, what a brilliant idea =]
    Honestly, haven't really thought about what decoration I'd like when I'd have my own place. I'd probably have to change my practice of hanging anime posters on the walls ^^'' But def some old style and new-age japanese aesthetics with good taste.

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    1. Nah, don't stop hanging anime posters! I will never stop hanging band posters :P

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    2. lol posters for life!
      ... maybe I should frame them though. make them seem more sophisticated 8]

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  6. I like your bohemian bedroom and the faux ivory

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm still getting the kicks from looking at it ^^

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